Social Media Acronyms
By Therese Aseoche
Remember when you used to say “GPOY” all the time when you could relate to a post on Tumblr? What about when you spammed your chat boxes with “FTW”s or “OTL”s? We may not be using these Internet slangs anymore, but it’s great to look back at these then-popular terms and reminisce simpler times — when all we did at home was talk to friends over Yahoo! Messenger (RIP) and scroll endlessly through our Tumblr dashboards. Here are just 8 of the social media acronyms long forgotten:
What it means: got to go
Sending “g2g” always meant the end of a conversation. There was no guarantee they’ll see whatever message you’ll send afterwards within the day, and it marked how busy they’ll be doing things outside the digital realm — playing with neighbors, running errands with family, or generally spending the rest of the day outdoors.
Now, with everyone connected 24/7, there’s never any need to send “g2g” when chatting with friends online anymore because you’re not really leaving the digital space at all.
What it means: away from keyboard
Used interchangeably with “brb,” saying “afk” meant that you were leaving your computer or laptop on to do something else for a short while (chores, homework, eat dinner). But just like how “g2g” ceased to exist, there was no need to use “afk” anymore now that we have our phones to connect us 24/7.
What it means: gratuitous picture of yourself
This was Tumblr-speak for the more modern term “me” when seeing something you could relate to. It was also used as a caption when posting selfies untile “selfie” became a more popular term.
“facepalm” and “headdesk”
What it means: An expression that shows frustration, exasperation, or general disbelief
Visual images and gestures of facepalms and headdesks are still widely used Internet memes, but the words themselves, often enclosed in asterisks, brackets, and parentheses, or preceded by a forward slash, have long been forgotten as Internet slang.